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Vol 49 No 25

Published 12th December 2008


Ghana

The winner has to wait

After one of the closest presidential elections ever, the front-runners are preparing for a run-off vote in less than three weeks’ time

The hard-fought general elections on 7 December saw many national political figures lose their parliamentary seats. Neither of the two leading presidential candidates gained enough votes to win outright in the first round. Amid tough economic times, voters sent a message to both parties that they had reservations about their ability to tackle the looming crisis. In the presidential elections, the governing New Patriotic Party’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo emerged just 1.2% ahead of his rival, John Evans Atta Mills of the National Democratic Congress, with 49.13%. A run-off vote between the two front-runners will be held on 28 December. Parliamentary results had not been officially released before Africa Confidential went to press, but the NPP could lose its majority in the 230-seat chamber.

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